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30. May 2021

Safari Jackets and Pastels – (That’s a) Bingo!


Maximilian Mogg

“That’s a bingo!” Two things immediately spring to mind with regard to this exclamation. First: Oberst Hans Landa’s (played by Christoph Waltz) slightly clumsy, yet eye-wateringly funny remark in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Second: Pairing a sartorial classic, the safari jacket, with pastel-coloured linens and having this tailor-made for you!

As you can imagine, “Bingo!” has been used quite a lot here at Mogg’s ever since we started offering custom safari jackets. But what defines a proper safari jacket and how do you wear it?

Sticking to the world of film: What do hits like Moonraker and The Man with the Golden Gun (or, for the insiders, The Third Nipple) have in common? Of course, the king of smooth, Roger Moore sporting his iconic, beige and khaki cotton twill safari jackets. Paired with a crisp white shirt and a black knitted tie, or bare-chested in smexy Bond manner. When you’ve got it, flaunt it?! Timeless. Classic. Bingo!

I am also thinking of a young Prince of Wales whose status as a style icon is, to a great extent, due to his love for safari jackets. However, he is only one of the Brits to popularise the safari jacket. In the early 20th century, British abroad needed appropriate clothing for the tropics. The safari jacket quickly became a staple of the well-travelled gentleman. Its utilitarian four pocket design, yet dressy feel, is easily dressed up or down. Plus, the belt gives its wearer a trim, masculine silhouette. In our humble opinion, it is the most versatile jacket! Colorandi causa: it is cut an inch shorter than our regular lounge suits, emphasising its slightly more casual silhouette.

MM’s new favourite: turquoise linen safari jacket

Navy, beige, brown and khaki linen or cotton twill are perfect choices, but we wouldn’t be Maison Mogg if we didn’t spread our love: it is pastel all day, every day for us! Bring some colour to your Saturday stroll as seen above with turquoise and it won’t be long until you hear the first “Bingo!” from a passer-by, while being cheered through the streets by the masses.

Combining our pastel-coloured, linen safari jacket, we recommend a cotton twill chino trouser in a neutral tone, to avoid being mistaken for a canary. Add a pale pink button down Oxford shirt and its city safari time. Try a pair of white jeans and a plain t-shirt or navy trouser, or a white shirt and black knitted tie… Bingo. Bingo. Bingo! Easily combined and perfect for the upcoming summer the jacket here at your favourite tailor’s. JB/MM

MAX MOGG – BERLIN safari jacket starts at €990